MONDAY MUSE #13

The Travel Edition
I am currently lost in a day dream…

I have been super busy an stressed the past few weeks I haven’t even had time to paint my nails! Some one whisk me away.

Destinations featured above:
Austria, Barcelona, Bora Bora, Fiji, Ibiza, Iceland, Lake District, Portofino, Portugal, Positano, Slovenia, St. Lucia, St. Tropez, Venice, Verona.

I am aiming to go up to the UK at the end of the year for training and combine it with a visit to see my family. It hasn’t been long since I was last home (March). Having something booked gives you something to look forward too, a reason to keep working hard.

The world is such a beautiful place and I want to travel to every corner.

Have you beauties got any holidays planned?
and which destinations are you day-dreaming of?
Love Steph x

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Mini Pre-Holiday Haul.

THE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Since I don’t want to travel with a lot of full-sized products I bought a few things to try out, mainly haircare. I figure that even if it lasts a little over a week I can always buy another travel size set when I reach London. Since we are staying in nice hotels I don’t need to worry about shower gel and body lotions.

Keune SO PURE Haircare
This is a range which uses essential oils, and they smell gorgeous, even the bf likes it.

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I bought the Calming Shampoo (50ml), which is for all hair types. The product is supposed to help calm my scalp (which hasn’t been exposed to central heating and cold weather in a very long time). It should help care for my hair whilst giving volume and shine.  The basic ingredients contain oil Coconut, and  Oil Palm Kernel and contains no sulfates. Organic Argan oil will replenish my hair with Vitamins A & E and strengthens the hair and scalp, and hopefully the shampoo will protect my hair colour.

To go with it I bought the Hydrating Conditioner (50ml), which is for dry and damaged hair. Although my hair isn’t dry (some times I think I have more oil on my scalp than in the local chip shop) the ends do get damaged easily.
The conditioner is full of Ylang-Ylang & Palmarose oil to help to restructure the hair.

Lee Stafford Flat Iron Mist

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This is a protection mist, which is applied on towel dried hair before you start to blow dry. The spray contains Green Tea extracts to help protect the hair from UV damage and heat styling. Even though I normally dont use a lot of hair products I thought it would be a good idea to give a little extra help as I will be taking my GHD’s with me and using a hair drier to get ready faster.

Clarin’s Daily Energizer Cream

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My current moisturiser only has a few days left. I was in two minds whether to buy something now or wait for the duty-free. Since I didn’t want to stay confused I decided that it’s better to buy now and have my mind at rest, not in a crazy moisture rush before we catch our flight. Even thought this is a full-sized product (30ml) it comes in a really sturdy glass jar. This day cream doesn’t have a spf but that’s exactly how I like it (la roche-posay Spf 50+ extreme fluid is my go to spf).  It’s sole purpose is to provide young skin with a healthy radiant complexion. Super packed with Vitamin C means it’s fantastic for anti ageing and keeping skin bright. I chose the cream version over the lotion because I prefer the feel of richer textures.

The very friendly Clarins assistant also gave me some samples to try:
Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser – This is a cleanser and toner in one.
Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster – It works like a toner to energise and freshen skin and is a perfect match for the day cream.
Blue Orchid Oil: I love this product, it;s a must for dehydrated skins, you can read my full review about it HERE.

Armed with these and loads of other sample and travel sizes im feeling pretty good to go! The only thing left to pack is makeup!

Do you make a travel list? I just chuck it all in and hope I got everything… haha
Love Steph x

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30 Before Thirty

They say 3 is the magic number…

I saw this on another blog (RestoredStyle) and decided that with three years left until the big three-zero that is Thirty, this post would be a good motivator. They say to write down the things you want, so here goes…

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One – Buy a Property.

I think this is the biggest and most important goal for me. I want to be in the position to own a place to call my own before I reach 30. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right choices? I have worked hard to put myself through school (privately) and become a self employed beauty therapist. In the 7 years that I have been living in Malta (5 years spent studying) I have done 7 diplomas. Education is something so important to me and I will always want to always better myself…
Although, I cant help but have days when I think to myself “If I saved the money I spent on education on a place I would feel more secure”. Then again not many 23 year old’s start their own business. With a little careful planning I know I will have the place of my dreams.

Two – Travel More.

I was tempted to write down names of places however that would take most of my 30 goal’s up. I have the travel bug, last year I managed to go abroad four times (London, Sicily, Cyprus and Amsterdam) I know if I want to complete goal number ONE this is something that I will need to cut back on. I have agreed (with myself) that I am allowed working holidays. Next year is my lucky birthday and I know there are a few cities I would love to spend it in…

Three – Get my Citizenship.

I have a love/ hate relationship with regards to this goal. It is extremely difficult to acquire citizenship in Malta. It can be done but it is a tedious process (with lot’s of paper work) which for me has always been a little too much of a challenge. This is a country I live in, pay tax in and I want to be a citizen. I have decided I have to sort this goal out 🙂

Four – Walk the Marathon.

This goal I adopted in Jan of this year, the marathon was being held in Feb. I signed up with enthusiasm and started to train but quickly lost motivation. 21 kilometre’s is a daunting task to some one that isn’t exactly the most healthy… This bring’s me to Five.

Five – Get Healthy.

Well this is on almost all resolutions for most of human kind – This time I’m serious! Okay! Must buy a new gym kit, and join a new gym.  I just want to be the best possible me and that means the healthiest version.

Six – Learn to Drive.

Yes it’s shocking I know. This is a management issue. (When I had the money I haven’t had the time, and when I’ve had the time I haven’t had any money.) Team this with the idea that (in London) when I was 17 the cost of driving lesson’s was 25 sterling an hour and it was always a better idea to spend it on new items of clothing. Then when I moved to Malta I decided to work full time, study full time and cram in as much as a social life as possible… I never really needed to learn… I still don’t want to buy a car until after goal number ONE but I do want to get my licence sorted.

Seven – Learn a Language.

When I first moved to Malta I took a intensive course in Maltese (180 hours in two short months) it left me brain fried & most of the words that I was taught I forgot. Having said that I do understand quite a bit as well. I would really love to learn Italian. I think that would also hep me to understand Maltese better.

Eight – Read More…

I have always enjoyed reading, I am a book worm and I am proud of that. I like to read Jilly Cooper style book’s full of love, lust, cheating and back stabbing twists. I am also the type of person who start’s a book and will not stop until finished. I have been known to hang up phone conversations to finish chapters.
I am not the best writers. My grammar is bad and my spelling is worse (Thank god for spell check) reading and writing helps me to improve these skills. I always believed I am dyslexic but I never took the test’s to prove it.  I was always scared to blog because I thought that the things I write would come across badly… I didn’t want to be afraid of what people think anymore, this is for me.

Nine – Learn to Cook.

The past year I have dabbled in the kitchen a little, I have even made some meals for my bf and his mother from scratch! I still have a very long way to go…

Ten – Something ridiculously expensive that I bought for myself. Just because I deserve it.

Eleven – Ride a Horse.

I did this a couple of times in school when I was very young. It is on my to do list 100% I have two amazing friends Nicole and Gina who are the go to women about horses. I think once the weather is a little better I will make the effort to go. I might even ask my cousin and her daughter to join me.

Twelve – Go Diving.

I have friend’s who dive and one whose family own a diving school. This is something I would love to do. I have to over come the fear of looking like a whale in a wetsuit… She keeps telling me they are actually very slimming. I must do a lesson though!

Thirteen – Get completely Debt free.

Whilst studying I took out a small loan, it is due to finish automatically before I turn 30 but I want to try and pay it off quicker 🙂 A mortgage doesn’t count that’s an investment.

Fourteen – Try Skiing 

I have never gone skiing, my partner is quite adventurous, and he has never seen snow falling so this would be a great experience for us both. Last year when we was in Sicily we went up Mount Etna and he was able to feel the snow that was settled. I think it would be magical for him to see it falling.

Fifteen – Learn to pole dance. It’s fun and sexy.

Sixteen – Watch a Broadway Show.

I always wanted to take my cousin to London with me. Since she met her partner, got married had her baby, going away together hasn’t really been much on the plan. But I would like for us to go away together just us. For one long weekend and watch something on Broadway. We have 3 years to do this!!

Seventeen – Learn to make one wicked Cocktail!

So that when it comes to entertaining guest’s I would have the perfect signature cocktail. My older sister Natasha is really good at this one… I must get her to teach me something when I next visit her.

Eighteen – Ride in a hot air balloon.

Even though I am scared of height’s this has to be on my list. I never had a problem flying but I think that is because I felt secure. I am sure a big basket attached to a balloon is secure as well? Right… 🙂

Nineteen – Attend a fashion show.

This one I kind of did already… I went to all three Runway’s in Malta. I got to see beautiful collections (worn by some of my best friends – and the most amazing models) by Hasan Hejazi, William Wilde, and Eleanor Amoroso. I would like to see a fashion show in one of the major cities.

Twenty – Try Yoga.

When I was younger, I tried to teach myself yoga from a book whilst my best friend tried to learn from a dvd. It didn’t really help and I ended up hurting myself trying to do a head stand against  the door. I want to take a class with a real teacher!

 Twenty One – Donate Blood.

I have a big fear of hospitals. Needles don’t actually scare me, but when I give blood I faint. Happen’s every single time. I have never had problems with receiving vaccinations. I guess it is to do with my blood pressure (It was always low, but now seems to be normal). What ever the reason, I have seen the blood drive’s and I have always been alone when I saw them. I would like to find out my blood type as well.

Twenty Two – Become a better Photographer.

This is a goal I am working on. Mainly for the blog. I have decided that I want to buy a camera. The last one I owned was disposable and I was about 16? I use my phone for everything.

Twenty Three – Buy a better Phone

I have my eye on the Samsung S3. I know the S4 is soon going to be released… I dunno if it will be worth waiting or not. I need a new phone soon so I think it comes down to which is more affordable. I hope to know by next week. 🙂

Twenty Four – Go Wine Tasting.

This has been on my list the last few months… There is a great Maltese vineyard called Meridiana. They produce my favourite bottle of wine ISIS. I would love to organise a group for wine tasting.

Twenty Six – Learn to make Sushi

I had tried this once before. I need to perfect the rice but my rolling skill wasn’t so bad. Must try this again. Or better still take Sushi lessons ( I know I wrote cooking lessons for number NINE, This still deserves a spot because me and my partner are huge sushi fans)

Twenty Seven – Look after a Plant.

My mother would be proud. She is a keen gardener and in my life I only ever had a Cactus. It is still at my mother’s house 1,200 miles away from where I live. I used to water a friends plant’s while she travelled. I think I did a good job… 🙂 I want to have a pretty flowers.

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 Twenty Eight – Be Grateful. 

I saw this on Pinterest… I didn’t start one this year, but I will be preprepared for next…
I did start a Memory jar for 2013 which I need to add more memories too. I need to stop being so busy and have more time for the simple things.

Twenty Nine – Try Go Karting. I have never done this and I am sure it will be lot’s of fun.

Thirty – Celebrate the last day of my 20’s in style.

Im not sure exactly how yet… (and my 28th is my lucky birthday) So maybe this should be about Celebrating all birthdays in style… What ever I plan on, I know that I will be surrounded by the people who mean the most to me.

I might not accomplish them all, but maybe I will be able to look back on this list in 3 years and smile at the memory of a fabulous decade!